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Our Niche

Kiyohara & Takahashi LLP has developed a niche market in Franchise Restaurant operations. Currently, the firm handles close to fifty different franchisees representing Jack in the Box, Del Taco, El Pollo Loco, Applebees Bar & Grill, Papa John’s Pizza, Famous Dave’s Barbeque, Woodgrill Buffet, Burger King, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ, Wendy’s, Denny’s and ARCO AM/PM. Our involvement with these franchisees is not limited to the traditional accounting and tax services. We also provide pre-acquisition due diligence, proforma, and breakeven analysis; franchise qualification and analysis; financing procurement and loan covenant compliance; internal control procedure and accounting software consulting; and operational comparisons with industry results. Many of the referrals are from the various franchise lending institutions who come across franchisees who are not prepared or organized with sufficient financial records. We are also asked to provide expert witness testimony and valuation analysis for various franchise restaurant related litigation.

Our Team

Chris Kiyohara CPA, MST

Chris began his career in public accounting in 1984. Prior to establishing the firm, he was a partner at Kojima, Kiyohara & Company CPA’s, a Los Angeles based firm which specialized in real estate and international taxation matters. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the California State University of Los Angeles and has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

ckiyohara@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 221

Edwin Takahashi, CPA, MST

Edwin has been in public accounting since 1993. He started his career at Kojima, Kiyohara & Company CPA’s and has conversational Japanese speaking ability. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of California Riverside and a Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

etakahashi@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 222

Pia Chan Eckhert, CPA, MST

Pia is a principal at Kiyohara & Takahashi and has been with us since 2000. Pia maintains a degree in Business Economics and a minor in accounting from the University of California at Los Angeles and obtained her Masters of Taxation at Golden Gate University.

pchan@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 223

Garrett Yamada, EA MBT

Garrett is a principle at Kiyohara & Takahashi and has been with us since 2010. He began his career at Pricewaterhousecoopers in downtown Los Angeles specializing in Tax. Garrett graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration, and Masters in Taxation from the University of Southern California in 2005. He brings with him experience in accounting and tax.

gyamada@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 242

Corey Higa, CPA

Corey is a senior tax manager and started with Kiyohara & Takahashi in September of 2016. Prior to joining Kiyohara & Takahashi, LLP, Corey Higa was a senior manager at a large local firm in Orange County serving clients in the real estate and manufacturing industries as well as high net worth individuals.  Working with middle-market, pass-through real estate entities ranging from $10 Million to $1 Billion in real estate holdings and manufacturing companies with gross revenues from $10 million to $100 million, Corey has been able to direct businesses in every stage of their development, from establishing a new entity, operating a business, and designing an exit strategy that best fits the need of their owners, shareholders and all those who have an equity interest.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University of Los Angeles and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2001.

chiga@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 353

Rosa Yan

Rosa has been with Kiyohara & Takahashi since January of 2007. She brings to us her accounting experiences at small private businesses and service as a multi-term controller for a national nonprofit organization. She also serves as the firm's project lead & IT Specialist. She is fluent in Taiwanese.

ryan@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 230

Miho Ohashi, EA

Miho has been with Kiyohara & Takahashi since December of 2007. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She brings to us 8 years of accounting experiences from a small public accounting firm.

mohashi@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 243

Cathy Kwon

Cathy graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (emphasis in accounting and finance) from California University, Long Beach in May 2010. She started at Kiyohara & Takahashi in January 2010 as an intern and became a full time employee in June 2010. She is currently sitting for the CPA exams. Cathy is fluent in Korean.

ckwon@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 241

Erika Otsuka, EA

Erika has been with Kiyohara & Takahashi since January of 2011. She graduated from Bukkyo University in Japan. Erika has obtained an Enrolled Agent and is currently preparing for the CPA exam. She is fluent in written and conversational Japanese.

eotsuka@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 236

Iris Xiang, CPA

Iris graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and a minor in accounting. She started at Kiyohara & Takahashi in July 2014 as a senior accountant. She is currently enrolled in Master of Taxation at Golden Gate University. She is fluent in Mandarin.

ixiang@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 245

Steven Huang, CPA

Steven started at Kiyohara & Takahashi in 2014. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Arizona State University with a Master of Accountancy program. Steven is fluent in Chinese.

shuang@ktadvisors.com (323) 278-1300 ext 351

  • Kiyohara & Takahashi LLP
  • 6055 E Washington Boulevard
  • Suite 690
  • Commerce, CA 90040
  • Telephone: (323) 278-1300
  • Fax: (323) 278-1304